If I Were You (Hardcover)

By Leslie Margolis

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374300685, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

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Paperback (5/10/2016)

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Description

Katie's reasons why it's better to be Melody:
-She's a boy magnet. I'm more like a boy repellent.
-Her parents never make her do any chores. Meanwhile, I get stuck babysitting almost every day.
-Melody's parents are still married. Mine are, too . . . to other people.

Why Melody thinks Katie has the ideal life:
-Her house is fun and lively. My house is empty and lonely.
-They have family dinners practically every single night. My dad almost never comes home.
-Everyone always talks about how pretty I am, like that's the most important thing, like that's all I am . . .

Twelve-year-old Katie is insanely jealous of her best friend, Melody. Turns out Melody is jealous of Katie, too. When they both wish for the exact same thing at the exact same time, to redo summer as each other, their wishes come true. Katie is Melody and Melody is Katie and neither one has the experience she expected. In this be-careful-what-you-wish-for tale, two best friends learn that the grass is not always greener on the other side.



About the Author

LESLIE MARGOLIS is the author of more than fifty books for young readers, including two Annabelle Stevens books: Boys Are Dogs and Girls Acting Catty. She lives with her family in Park Slope, Brooklyn-which is also the setting of her new series, the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries.


Praise For If I Were You

“Margolis uses a light touch as she navigates the challenges of growing up and changing friendships. Her characters are fully formed and sympathetic in a fresh take on the age-old idea that there's no place like home.” —Publishers Weekly

“Katie and Melody are sympathetic characters, and tween readers will relate to the envy that twines its way through their friendship...Readers looking for a summertime read with boys and best friends will enjoy it.” —Lauren Strohecker, School Library Journal

“Margolis movingly captures the aches of tween life, all in an appealingly sun-drenched California setting. This will be a great fit for fans of Wendy Mass' fantasy tinged Willow Falls series.” —Booklist